Nikola Tesla’s got big bulb (at Nikola Tesla Statue)
Breaking Bad: Like Throwing Paper Into A Wastebasket -
Brett Martin interviewed Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan for GQ’s Men of the Year edition:
Martin: I think everybody knew the ending would be a big deal, but it really turned into as big and feverish a phenomenon as I can remember. What happened?
Gilligan: Have you ever been sitting at your desk and you crumple up a piece of paper and, without even looking, you just toss it over your shoulder and it goes straight into the wastebasket? You didn’t think about it. You didn’t stress about it. You just did it. And now that you’re thinking about it, you could never do it again in a million years, no matter how hard you tried. That’s what this was like. We worked our butts off, but everybody works their butts off in TV. We tried to make the best show it was humanly possible to make, but you know, the guys on According to Jim did the same thing. As to why this thing hit…I could make up some stream of nonsense, but honestly…I wish I could explain it, because then I might have a fighting chance on TV in the future. The truth is, I just have to be satisfied that it happened at all.
Magnetic tape to the rescue -
Tape is the oldest computer storage medium still in use. It was first put to work on a UNIVAC computer in 1951. But although tape sales have been falling since 2008 and dropped by 14% in 2012, according to the Santa Clara Consulting Group, tape’s decline has now gone into reverse: sales grew by 1% in the last quarter of 2012 and a 3% rise is expected this year.
Image o’ the times.
(Source: meghanndyke, via evangotlib)
You have to catch hell. You’ve got to take punishment…
God knows you’re in the most depressing and discouraging surroundings – but that’s what makes a writer.
Write a lot – but see a lot more. Keep your ears and eyes going and try all the time to get your conversations right. — Ernest Hemingway (via mariosundar)
Offline, A New Kind Of iOS Publication -
From Matthew Panzarino’s story on the launch:
Offline differs from many other magazines on iOS in a couple of very important ways. First of all, it offers both text versions of stories and professionally produced audio that you can listen to at any point in an article. And it also boasts a unique cost structure that the team hopes will allow it to pay 2-3x what normal freelance writers see for contributions.
The audio integration is brilliant. I actually already listen to a lot of content on my iPhone/iPad but do it using a sort of hack: the speak selection accessibility feature — but that’s essentially Siri reading to you, this is professional voice actors.
And, of course, I support any publication trying to find new ways to pay writers well.
Disney Acquires 'Indiana Jones' Rights from Paramount -
Under the arrangement, Disney gains distribution and marketing rights to future films, in addition to retaining the ownership rights it secured when it acquired Lucasfilm.
Paramount will continue to be responsible for distribution of the first four films in the franchise and will receive a financial participation on any future films that are produced and released.
Disney has not officially announced that a fifth films is in the works.
I’m guessing we see such an announcement ASAP as Disney continues its conquest to scoop up any and all intellectual property worth owning.
None of this should be too surprising — remember that longtime Indiana Jones producer, Kathleen Kennedy, is now the president of Lucasfilm at Disney. I just hope the team at Disney can manage to make something significantly better than Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
It was autumn, the springtime of death.
Well this is awkward.
Pixar vs. Disney Animation: John Lasseter's Tricky Tug-of-War -
Borys Kit and Gregg Kilday:
Borrowing a page from Pixar, Lasseter is hands-on at Walt Disney Animation Studios. He gives extensive notes, pores over story reels and even does the first reading with actors and directors. Initially, Pixar animators worried that he was spending too much time at Disney, where he overhauled Bolt and Tangled. Now that the situation has stabilized, he divides his focus. “Both places think he spends too much time at the other place,” says a friend. “That’s the true telling point.”
I had no idea Lasseter was also running Walt Disney Animation Studios — or that WDAS is now on a roll (Frozen just opened with $94 million) while Pixar is in a bit of a funk (with recent layoffs and the next film delayed until 2015).
Italian Men and Washing Machines -
Ariel Levy, in an otherwise fascinating article from 2011 about Silvio Berlusconi:
Correction, June 28, 2011: The original article erroneously stated that 95% of Italian men had never operated a washing machine.
Greatest correction in the history of The New Yorker? Or greatest correction anywhere ever?
So cold. I need this tonight.
[originally via Pixel Fireplace]
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The Ron Burgundy-Approved Great Odin’s Raven Scotch Will Soon Become A Reality | Uproxx
Scotchy, scotch, scotch.
His face got triumphant — the way Kenneth’s face got triumphant; without implications of his having defeated or outdrawn anybody. The ocean was terrible now. It was full of bowling balls. — J.D. Salinger, from one of his newly leaked unpublished stories.
Adding a Period in a Text Message Just Makes You Look Pissed Off. -
The period was always the humblest of punctuation marks. Recently, however, it’s started getting angry. I’ve noticed it in my text messages and online chats, where people use the period not simply to conclude a sentence, but to announce “I am not happy about the sentence I just concluded.”